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Silicones add reliability, durability, and value to the products you use every day. They also make products easier and more economical to produce.
 

 

Did you know ... silicone pressure sensitive adhesives perform at temperatures ranging from -75 to 260°C (-100 to 500°F). They also withstand chemical attack, moisture,
and the sun’s
damaging rays!
  

Silicones for Manufacturing


Silicones improve productivity, promote innovation and environmental stewardship, and fuel industrial growth

Did you know ... a silicone ignition sealing compound introduced in 1942 enabled long-distance high-altitude flight, launching a new age of aviation! 

Click the ! icons on the photo to see how much you already know about the many uses for fascinating silicone.

Did you know ... by using a silicone hot melt assembly sealant and automated glazing equipment, you can
reduce the time and cost of window and door
manufacturing by as much as 33%! Learn how.

 

Why silicones excel in all kinds of manufacturing and processing applications

  1. Silicones have excellent wetting and flow properties that make them faster, easier, and more economical to process than many other materials.
  2. Because silicones resist weather, UV rays, heat, moisture, and corrosive chemicals, they can withstand harsh processing environments and challenging operating conditions.
  3. Silicones perform reliably across a wider temperature range and are more resistant to thermal shock than other materials.
  4. Silicones are durable and long-lasting, so the products fabricated with them are more durable and longer lasting, too.
  5. Silicones are low in toxicity. They do not contain heavy metals or unwanted chemicals, and they do not create harmful byproducts.

The silicone advantage

Silicones solve problems and deliver performance other materials cannot. They are proven innovation enablers. Because silicones have such a long history of success, they make it easier for designers and manufacturers to pursue high-value opportunities and enter new markets.

Silicones improve productivity, reduce maintenance, and help manufacturers comply with environmental and safety regulations. Because they are effective at low use levels, silicones are also very cost effective to use.

 Did you know ... a silicone antifoam that costs twice as
much as an organic antifoam can actually cost half as
much to use! Learn how.

Learn about other competitive advantages of silicones.

Versatile material options

Silicones for manufacturing and processing come in many forms:

  • Fluids, resins, emulsions, surfactants, and specialty chemical building blocks for formulating and processing chemical products
  • Fluids, emulsions, dispersions, and compounds for foam control and industrial release
  • Mixtures of thermoplastic resins and silicone gums for thermoplastics molding and extrusion
  • Sealants and adhesives for product assembly, protection, and industrial maintenance
  • Elastomeric rubbers for fabricating products and parts
  • Greases, pastes, and fluids for equipment lubrication

Learn more about the different forms of silicone.

Did you know ... silicones can adhere or release, destroy foam or stabilize it.

Open the silicone toolbox to learn more about the many things silicones can be and do.

Expand your understanding

Easy reading:
Silicone Sealants and Adhesives: The art of bonding (PDF Size 3.2 MB)

Silicone Rubber: Bringing color and performance to life (PDF Size 207 KB)

Silicone Pressure Sensitive Adhesives: Opportunities for high-value applications (PDF SIze 120 KB)

Silicone economics:
Why a silicone antifoam that costs more can actually cost less to use

Silicone hot melt technology makes stronger windows ... FASTER!

See it in action:
Hot melt sealant demonstration (40 seconds)

Hot melt sealant technology overview (5.56 minutes)

Success stories:
Safer subway seats ... all aboard!

Safer offshore oil production

Say good-bye to old cloth potholders

Learn about silicones from Dow Corning for manufacturing: Visit the Dow Corning Appliance and Office Equipment, Chemical Manufacturing, Industrial Lubrication, Plastics, and Rubber Fabricating Solutions websites.

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